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Samantha Cirinna, 25, of Merrimac laughs as she is covered with shopping lists on her couch. Cirinna collected lost and discarded lists from the Market Basket store in Plaistow, N.H., and made paper quilt art from the collection.

MERRIMAC — The Market Basket feud has taken an artistic turn for one former employee.

Since Market Basket employees have asked customers to boycott the store until ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas returns, a former Plaistow, N.H., store employee has created two collages using shopping lists abandoned in the store.

Samantha Cirinna, 25, of Merrimac worked at the Plaistow Market Basket from 2006 to 2012. During that time, she collected shopping lists left behind by customers.

“You’re in the aisles and you see the lists everywhere, in the shopping carts or on the floor,” she said.

Instead of throwing the lists out, Cirinna kept them.

She said she didn’t know what she was going to do with them originally, but she liked looking at the spelling mistakes, multiple languages and variety of handwriting.

One customer looking for cigarettes dropped a tiny piece of paper that just said “butts.”

“You kind of imagine their personality and how they look,” Cirinna said. “The customers are really important, and these lists are from the customers’ hands.”

Eventually, her co-workers started collecting shopping lists for her.

Some customers heard about her collection and would give her their lists, but she preferred the anonymity of lost lists, she said.

“I think it’s more fun not knowing who had the lists,” she said.

Since the boycott, she has made a collage that looks like a quilt, with pieces of those lists cut into small triangles.

She said she likes sewing and crafting and the symbolism behind quilts.

“The symbolism of quilts is about bringing people together, like quilting bees where women would each make one square and make one big quilt from them,” she said.

While she doesn’t work at Market Basket anymore, she said she thought the current situation would be a good opportunity to use the collected lists.

“Since last month, I’ve been really inspired and amazed how everyone’s joined together to fight for what they want,” Cirinna said. “I felt like the lists represent all the individual customers and the quilt represents Market Basket as a whole.”

The piece is called “Crossroads,” she decided this week.

“Everybody’s paths kind of cross at Market Basket, and crossroads are also a meeting place,” she said.

She said she does not know what she wants to do with the collage yet. She is considering making prints of it, depending on the cost.

“I was thinking maybe Arthur T. could have it at the end if he wanted it,” she said.

Cirinna said she supports the employees and believes the former CEO should be reinstated.

“Negative people would say, ‘You can’t choose your boss,’ but you can,” she said. “There’s a lot of rumors going around, but I just hope that it turns out positively for the customers and employees.”

Meanwhile, she is in the process of making a second piece. This time, it will be smaller and have a different quilt pattern and color scheme.

The collage will use red, orange and yellow lists to make a star with triangle pieces radiating out.

“Arthur T. is the star in the middle and the triangles radiating off are the customers,” Cirinna said. “The customers obviously support Arthur T., and they’re what makes the company run.”

While she said she doesn’t know how many lists she has collected over the years, she said it was enough to fill a large shopping bag.

Her first art piece from the lists was a free-form collage.

One of her teachers at Northern Essex Community College bought the piece.

Cirinna then started making 3-D sculptures using the lists like papier-mache.

She is now running out of the more colorful lists, but she has plenty of white and yellow pieces.

There is no current plan for the extras, but Cirinna said she is sure she will use them again.

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